17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  5​h
1
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Riga, Latvia

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Get outdoors at Schmittenhohe and Untersberg. Explore hidden gems such as Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick" and Sport Klaus Skischule. Step out of Salzburg with an excursion to Salzwelten in Hallstatt--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Mirabell Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip builder app .

Riga, Latvia to Salzburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Riga to Salzburg, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Salzburg sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Salzburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hallstatt, Schmittenhohe, Sport Klaus Skischule
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Schmittenhohe ©
Schmittenhohe
Untersberg
Untersberg
Hallstatt Skywalk ©
Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick"

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 28th (Sat), get lost in a book at OBA Library of Amsterdam, then examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, then take in panoramic vistas at A'dam Lookout, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Body Worlds, then make a trip to Museum Quarter, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canals area, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Dom Tower.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amsterdam online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Salzburg to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. September in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Utrecht, Zaanse Schans
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
OBA Library of Amsterdam ©
OBA Library of Amsterdam
Museum Quarter ©
Museum Quarter

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Dune du Pilat. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux visit planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Bordeaux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dune du Pilat
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Step out of the city life by going to Calanques and Parc national des Calanques. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Sentier des Ocres and Carrieres des Lumieres. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Colorado Provencal (in Rustrel), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Horseback Riding Tours & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Le Sentier des Ocres, Calanques, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Colorado Provencal
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Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Calanques ©
Calanques

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mont Saleve and Lake Geneva. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's lots more to do: cool off at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner .

You can take a train from Marseille to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in October: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Titlis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rhine Falls and Old Town. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see Lake Lucerne about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Titlis ©
Titlis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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